Leeds United: Redfearn handed 12-month deal

Neil Redfearn.
Neil Redfearn.
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Leeds United have confirmed the appointment of new head coach Neil Redfearn on a 12-month rolling contract.

Redfearn put pen to paper ahead of today’s match at Cardiff City, accepting a deal which gives him the option of a second year as first-team boss or a return to his job as academy manager.

The 49-year-old replaces Darko Milanic and becomes Leeds’ third permanent head coach this season.

Milanic was sacked after 32 days and six games in charge last weekend - just a month after Leeds dispensed with the services of David Hockaday.

Redfearn took 10 points from four matches as caretaker in the interim but has now landed the post full time.

The former Barnsley player has been with United since 2009 when he joined the club as Under-18s coach.

He took full control of the academy two years ago following the departure of Chris Sulley.

Speaking after the team’s 3-1 defeat to Cardiff on Saturday, Redfearn said: “I’m very proud, it’s the club I supported as a boy.

“It’s got a lot of tradition.”

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